DENVER, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Three U.S. organizations intent on
improving opportunities for Hispanic students have joined in a partnership
to streamline efforts toward advancing science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) education.
The Hispanic Alliance for STEM Opportunities marks collaboration
between the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the Hispanic
Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) and IBM. Officials
with the two nonprofit groups and IBM announced their alliance during
SHPE's annual National Technical and Career Conference Jan. 10-13 in
To launch the alliance, IBM has provided a $150,000 grant to help fund
a series of STEM-focused summer camps for Hispanic youth. The alliance is
considering opening the first camps this June in California and Texas.
The new alliance will enhance members' shared efforts to inspire young
people toward STEM careers, said Diana Gomez, president of SHPE's national
board of directors.
"Through this alliance we now can work more closely together to inspire
young people and get them thinking of how their interest in math and
science can become a lifelong passion," Gomez said. "I know all of us with
the Alliance share this excitement about these amazing fields and we want
to pass it on."
Now is the best time for the alliance, said Adalio Sanchez, General
Manager, Technology Collaboration Solutions, Systems and Technology Group,
and IBM-SHPE Strategic Alliance Advisory Board chairperson. "The statistics
have been against Hispanic youth for quite some time," Sanchez said.
"Only 64 percent of Hispanics graduate from high school, compared with
91 percent of white students and 84 percent of black students," Sanchez
said. "This relationship intends to turn the tide and address how we
develop the skills of the fastest growing population and increase the
technology employment pipeline. Through our alliance, we will use the
single vision SHPE, IBM and HENAAC have regarding how education really is
the unifying factor toward shaping the next generation of Hispanic
Ray Mellado, chair of HENAAC, said the collaboration with IBM and SHPE
provides a unique opportunity for Hispanic students and the United States
as a whole. "By working together, our three organizations will be able to
open more doors to attainable career pathways for future STEM
professionals. With additional entities joining this alliance, we can
significantly increase the contributions of the Hispanic community to our
U.S. technical workforce," Mellado said.
SOURCE Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers